Friday, January 1, 2016

French toast casserole

We love french toast on weekend mornings, when the kitchen smells of freshly ground coffee, mixed with aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup. Today we were invinted for a New Year's day pitch-in brunch party, and we brought with us a French toast casserole that I made. Everybody liked it and asked for the recipe. Here it is:

1 French or Italian stick loaf cut 1 inch thick (Franzela for Romanians)
7 eggs, beaten 
2-3 cups of whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
1 stick butter (100 g) melted
1 1/2 cups sugar 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A few drops of vanilla essence

Pour the melted butter on a 9x12 inch baking tray. Place the bread slices very close to each other to fill in all the space. Then pour the milk evenly over the bread. Leave it to soak for an hour or so.  In a separate bowl beat the eggs, add the cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and cream. Pour the mixture on the soaking bread and bake it at 350° F (180° C) for an hour. You can sprinkle powdered cinnamon sugar on it. Then serve it with maple syrup. (Sometime soon I will tell you how to make your own maple-flavored syrup at home, too!)


  1. This was good! Took longer to cook than expected, but I think that was the pan I used. Enjoy these recipes.

    1. Glad you're enjoying them! We still like the fried-in-a-pan version better, but this works really, really well when you need to bring a tray of something to a brunch get-together, or when you don't have time to stand next to the stove frying.